Spain’s blistering 40C heatwave to propel scorcher to Britain in days

UK weather: Met Office forecasts colder conditions

Forecasters are poised for temperature spikes in early May, with Spain’s predicted early-heatwave setting the foundations for a hot spell in Britain. The popular holiday destination is set to bake as early as this week with the State Meteorological Agency on alert for an “entry of a mass of very warm and dry African air” pushing across the Peninsula and the Balearics. This is set to create “exceptionally high” temperatures.

While highs of 40C are not unachievable, in some parts of the Campo de Gibraltar region, thermometers will soar to around 32C, which is still hot for late April. 

With Spain is set to bask in an early heatwave, parts of Britain are still plodding along with mediocre and cold temperatures, with the Met Office not predicting any change to that until next week.

But according to Jim Dale, senior meteorologist at British Weather Services, the British Isles won’t necessarily miss out on the European heat. 

Speaking to the Express, he said: “Yes, a big heatwave on the way in Spain and it will certainly pick up in the UK. But models may also be slow to fully catch on.

“I think we will get a taste of the heat into May but it could easily be fickle and disappear as fast as it arrives. Nevertheless, the first real taste of proper warmth for sure but the depth and length are as yet to be determined. My best estimate is about 23C to 24C in south east England in early May.”

Interactive weather maps show Spain’s mercury will sizzle from midday on Wednesday with highs of 37C peaking in the south western city of Seville. Temperatures will sit comfortably in the early to mid 30s for many areas until at least May 6. 

Paul Hutcheon, a meteorologist with the Met Office Global Guidance Unit, said this week will see a stark difference in temperatures in Spain and Britain.

He said: “By Thursday and Friday there is the potential for record-breaking temperatures in Spain, with inland areas like Córdoba expected to reach 15 degrees above normal with highs of around 40C degrees.

Nick Silkstone, a deputy chief forecaster at the Met Office, said Britain’s mercury is in the complete opposite direction, and isn’t likely to change immediately.

He said: “In contrast to the increasingly high temperatures in Spain, the UK’s temperatures have been much colder than average with some locations experiencing overnight frosts.

“An area of low pressure moving away eastwards away from the UK has allowed cold Arctic air to spread south across the UK.

“Although temperatures will increase in much of Britain by the end of the week, conditions in the far north are still expected to remain colder than average.”

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King’s Coronation weekend

With forecasts now pointing to a marked increase in temperatures for Britain in the next fortnight, there’s still a host of uncertainty over how warm coronation weekend will get. Community picnics, gatherings and street parties are set to be abuzz, with the public relying on the good weather to ease celebrations. 

The Met Office has already said it is “too early” to give a detailed forecast for this weekend, with it being more than 10 days away.

Interactive maps also show that it is currently May 1 – this Bank Holiday weekend – where spikes of 16C may be felt in the south east and eastern parts of England. 

A spokesman for the Met Office added: “Next week looks fairly settled at first, with a good deal of dry and mild weather that will be occasionally punctuated by the odd afternoon shower. There is however, still far too much uncertainty in the forecast to give a detailed weather forecast for the Coronation weekend.”

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